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The 11th & 12th Arrondissements
This Right Bank Paris neighborhood is most famous for its prominent role in the French Revolution. It’s here that rioters stormed the Bastille fortress back in 1789, with the nearby Place de la Nation, formerly called Place du Trône, hosting the guillotines to chop off heads. While little remains of its Revolutionary past, the district is now known for its vibrant nightlife and cultural landmarks, including the modern Opéra Bastille and La Coulée Verte, an elevated park/walkway built atop old train tracks.

The Must-Sees Near Bastille

  • Empty Paris Place de la Bastille

    Take in a show at Paris’s modern Opéra Bastille which overlooks the bustling Place de la Bastille

  • Viaduc des Arts Paris Bastille

    Window shop at the Viaduct des Arts, then climb the steps to the left of the parking garage to reach La Coulée Verte

  • La Coulée Verte elevated park passing through the Jardin de Reuilly.

    Walk along Paris’s elevated park all the way from Bastille to Daumesnil and beyond

  • Bassin de l'Arsenal port near Bastille in Paris

    Grab some food to go and bring it to the Bassin de l’Arsenal to enjoy lunch by the water

The Best Bars & Cafes in Bastille


Bastille is the epitome of Paris’s vibrant cafe and bar scene, a place where the spirit of the city comes alive. Here, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of spots, from chic rooftop bars offering breathtaking views to rowdy local sports bars. Whether you’re in the mood for a craft cocktail, a velvety espresso, or a pint of beer, this lively neighborhood has it all.

The Best Shops in Bastille


Shopping in Bastille offers something for all tastes and budgets. This neighborhood boasts an eclectic mix of shops, from cutting-edge fashion boutiques to charming vintage stores and artisanal markets. And the big brands are all here too. So whether you’re searching for handcrafted jewelry, plant-based products, or a cheap pair of shoes to replace the ones you just wore out walking all over Paris, you can find it near Bastille.

The Best Ways To Relax Around Bastille


The Bastille neighborhood is always bustling. And while you may want to jump right into the action of it all at times, other times call for calm and quiet. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to unwind in the district, whether that means high-energy nights out or peaceful moments relaxing in a spa or hammam.

The Best Hotels Around Bastille


The hotels in Bastille offer everything from upscale boutique accommodations to budget-friendly family-run inns. There are even a few surprisingly affordable five-star hotels in the area. So whether you’re seeking a room that’s sleek and chic or has an oh-so-Parisian old-world charm, you can find your perfect place to stay in the Bastille neighborhood.

  • Façade of the Paris Hôtel Boutet near Bastille
    Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel

    Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet-MGallery

  • Colourful pop art hotel lounge of the Moxy Bastille in Paris
    Budget-Friendly Hotel

    Moxy Paris Bastille

  • Colorful and clean Paris hotel lobby
    Budget-Friendly Hotel

    Hôtel Marais Bastille Paris

  • Hôtel Herse d'Or
    Budget-Friendly Hotel

    Hôtel Herse d’Or

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    Map of Bastille

    Discover the district with our bird’s-eye-view map
    Map of Paris Bastille neighborhood

    Covering the 11th and 12th arrondissements, this district includes the quartiers Bastille, Nation, and Daumesnil.

    Main metro stations in the Bastille neighborhood:

    • Bastille (Lines 1, 5, 8)
    • Ledru-Rollin (Line 8)
    • Charonne (Line 9)
    • Nation (Lines 1, 2, 6, 9)
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    Life in the Neighborhood

    By alesa

    “Whenever we’re in the mood to scream or sing while watching a soccer game, my friends and I head to a small dive bar on Rue de la Roquette. The beer flies whenever France scores and the rowdy crowd stands during the entire match, chanting silly, somewhat rude songs.

    The first time I went I was so pleasantly surprised — tons of bars around Paris say they show the matches but it’s very rarely with sound and generally nobody’s really paying attention to the games. Here though, I felt almost like I was at the stadium, cheering on Les Bleus and quickly joining in with the songs. The atmosphere’s electric, and not for the faint of heart.

    These hole-in-the-walls are easy to come by near Bastille, with tons of bars and live music venues lining the streets around Rue de Lappe and Rue de la Roquette. This part of town isn’t trendy or even pretty, but it’s down-to-earth and full of energy, especially at night.”